Dear entrants,
if you want to download and review the full regulation carefully, you can click on the image below. The pdf file “Salon regulation” contains all the information necessary for your successfully participation:


If you prefer to read online on the site, here it is:


ORGANIZER: Reflexes Ltd., Plovdiv, Bulgaria – collective member of Academy of Photography Bulgaria Yanka Kyurkchieva, FIAP Operational Member for Bulgaria.

Professionals and amateurs from all over the world can participate in this contest.
Accepted entries in final selection will be eligible for the all FIAP Honors.
Each entrant to this salon must observe the rules of FIAP and conform to the regulations of the document 038/2023 wich supersedes FIAP document 018/2017 for events which have a closing date after the 30th April 2024 – Photo Salon Plovdiv will close on 01.05.2024.
Any entrant, whose image shows anything suspicious in regard to compliance with FIAP regulations or definitions, can be asked by the organiser or by FIAP, to submit the original capture file (file containing the data recorded by the sensor; ie: the RAW or the original unretouched JPEG files) plus the file of the images immediately before and immediately following the questionable image. If the entrant fails to provide what is required, he/she can be sanctioned. The names of sanctioned entrants will be put on a list, known as the FIAP Red List, which will be available to the organizers of FIAP salons via the salon’s profile page on the platform. A sanctioned person’s participation in any event of FIAP will be restricted or banned depending on the case. In addition, they cannot be appointed as a judge in a salon under FIAP patronage, organise a salon with FIAP patronage, nor apply for FIAP distinctions and they lose the right to use any FIAP distinctions they have formerly received. IMPORTANT: Concerning entries that originated as digital photographs, authors must preserve intact with no alteration, the original metadata of images. In case of dispute relating to compliance with FIAP regulations, the fact of FIAP not being able to access this important data could result in the author being sanctioned. Any person who is found guilty of using photographic material that was not captured in camera by that person will be excluded for life from FIAP activities. Salon chairmen, persons closely involved in the organization of the salon and persons in charge of the handling of the salon software are not allowed to participate in the salon. Sanctions: Each entrant to FIAP salons acknowledges that they will incur sanctions if they breach the FIAP regulations in document 038/2023).
Breach of conditions of entry: If at any time, it is determined in the reasonable discretion of the salon organizer or the judges before, during, or after the judging of an salon that an entrant has submitted entries where one or more images may fail to comply with these Conditions of Entry, including the stated definitions, the salon organizers reserve the right to delete the entry from the salon and void any or all acceptances or awards in connection with this photo salon. Fees may be forfeited or refunded in these circumstances. The entrant acknowledges that the decision of the salon organizers or the judges is final. In order to ensure that images comply with the Conditions of Entry and definitions, the salon organizers may carry out reasonable measures to verify that:
a) the images are the original work of the entrant;
b) the images comply with the rules and definitions as set out in these Conditions of Entry;
These steps include, but are not limited to, questioning any entrant, requiring the submission of RAW files or other digital files representing the original capture of the submitted image(s), confronting the entrant with evidence that one or more submitted images fails to comply with the Conditions of Entry (also known as Entry Rules), and offering the entrant a reasonable opportunity to provide counter evidence to refute the salon organizer’s evidence by a set deadline by the organizer. Such entries that are not cleared or are still questionable after the entrant has presented evidence may be considered in breach of these Conditions of Entry, and declined. Such entries may be referred to FIAP for further investigation of possible ethics violations. FIAP retains the right to investigate in any way all complaints/suspicions of breaches of entry conditions, impose sanctions if deemed necessary, void the acceptances of any image found to violate the FIAP rules, include the entrant’s name on the list of sanctions provided to Salons. Entrants automatically agree to these terms by the act of entering the Salon and agree to cooperate with any investigation.
c) the images (files) are not generated with AI software, applications, plugins or AI web platform.

The salon does not accept photos that have already participated (included in final selection) in the previous editions.

2. SECTIONS:  All digital
1. Open MONOCHROME (Black & white and Monochrome photography) [FIAP definition of black & white photography (monochrome)] (M)
2. Open COLOR (color photography) (C)
3. NATURE (color/black & white photography) [FIAP definition of Nature photography] (N)
4. PHOTOJOURNALISM (TRAD) (color/black & white) [FIAP Definition of Photojournalism] [FIAP Definition of Traditional Photo] (PJ)
5. PORTRAIT & BODY (color/black & white photography) (PB)
6. WORLD in FOCUS (color/black & white photography) [FIAP Definition of “World in focus”] (WF)

The salon accepts up to 4 photography in each section. An author may not enter identical or similar photographs into different sections of the salon.

3. Entry requirements:
3.1.    A filled out On-line entry form on the web site
3.2.    Photos requirements: 3.2.1. Digital files – *.jpg/*.jpeg format, 8-bit color, in RGB/sRGB profile or in ICC profile. Required size: entered files should be 3840 px on the long side of the photos. Resolution of the image – 300 dpi. Shots should be without frames, signatures or watermarks. If you still forget some frame, the organizer will remove it (unless it’s artistic). Files larger than 5 MB are not accepted. To fit this limit, it is permissible to set a minimum compression of the jpg file. You can submit your entries via:
3.2.2. Uploaded in the on-line entry form on the web site
3.2.3. Sent by e-mail to
3.3.    Entry fee can paid by:
3.3.1. On-line transaction via PayPal form on
3.3.2. On-line transaction via PayPal to salon account: (Anton Savov)
3.3.3. Bank transfer: IBAN: BG43UNCR76301076972424; BIC code: UNCRBGSF
Send a copy of the payment doc. by e-mail.

The file name should be a maximum of 35 characters, in 5 groups:
group  1 – country ISO code listed on;
group  2 – the author’s name limited to 5 characters
group  3 – artwork title
group  4 – sections identifier: M; C; N; PJ; PB; WF
group  5 – sequential number of the work in section (1, 2, 3, 4);
Note: Words such as “Untitled” and “No Title” (or X, XX, XXX and etc.) are not acceptable as part or all of an image’s title, nor are camera capture filenames. Permitted characters are ONLY digits, Latin letters and underscore (_) instead pause. All text should be lowercase except for group 4. Example: bg_alexk_spring_N1

5. AWARDS – over 150 Click on the link to view them in detail

6. JURY Click the link to see this year’s team.

7. CALENDAR  Click on the link to see the important dates in the salon stages.


1 section – 15€/16$ (+2 free sections) I.e. in summary you participate in 3 sections
2 sections – 20€/22$ (+2 free sections) I.e. in summary you participate in 4 sections
3 sections – 25€/27$ (+2 free sections) I.e. in summary you participate in 5 sections
4 sections – 30€/33$ (+2 free sections) I.e. in summary you participate in 6 sections

Up tо 5 authors – 125 €/135$
Up tо 10 authors – 200 €/216$
Up tо 20 authors – 300 €/324$

Аll young photographers 16-25 years accomplished, could take free part in the salon, in 3 sections by their personal choice. Requirements for Youth:
To be eligible to enter, you must be 16-25 years of age till closing date – May 1, 2024. Аge range – 16 to 25 years old (born between 01.05.1999 to 01.05.2008). The young photographers, have to declare their born date in the entry form. In case of doubt about the declared age, the organizer reserves the right to reject the entry.

9. Declaration of authorship:
By virtue of submitting an entry, the entrant certifies the work as his own (aliases are not permitted). He also declare that his final images are not generated using Artificial intelligence software. The entrant permits the sponsors to reproduce all or part of the entered material free of charge for publication and/or display in media related to the salon. This may include low resolution posting on a web site. The photo salon (and it’s exhibitions) assumes no liability of any misuse of copyright. The organizer can use the exhibited works for reproduction in the album, classical printed exhibition (inside & outside) and for any non-commercial aims to promote the IPSP without any further paying of author‘s fee.

10. FIAP Important (FIAP document 040/2023, II.8.F): ”The mention that by the sole act of submitting his/her images
or files to a salon under FIAP Patronage, the entrant accepts without exception and with no objection the following terms:
· that the submitted images can be investigated by FIAP to establish if these obey to FIAP regulations and definitions even if the entrant is not a member of FIAP,
· that FIAP will use any means at its disposal for this undertaking,
· that any refusal to cooperate with FIAP or any refusal to submit the original files as captured by the camera, or failure to provide sufficient evidence, will result in them being sanctioned by FIAP,
· that in case of sanctions following the non compliance with FIAP regulations, the name of the entrant will be released in any form useful to inform other parties of the entrant’s breaches of the rules.
As mentioned in II.2) it is recommended to leave the EXIF data in the submitted files intact in order to ease eventual investigations.”

“I hereby expressly agree to FIAP document 018/2017 (040/2023) «Conditions and regulations for FIAP Patronage» and FIAP document 033/2021 (038/2023) «Sanctions for breaching FIAP regulations and the red list». I am particularly aware of chapter II «Regulations for International photographic events under FIAP patronage» of FIAP document 018/2017 (040/2023), dealing under Section II.2 and II.3 with the FIAP participation rules, the sanctions for breaching FIAP regulations and the red list.”

11. Artificial intelligence (AI), FIAP document 040/2023, II.8.E:
Pictures created by artificial intelligence are not allowed in this salon! All parts of the image have to be photographed by the author who is holding the copyright of all works submitted. Offenders will be sanctioned for life!


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